If you're new to vegetarian cooking, you may want to try some of these favorite vegetarian dinners when looking for quick, healthy and nutritious meatless meal ideas for your family to try. Bookmark this page and you'll never run out of healthy meatless dinner ideas to try.
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A vegetable stir-fry or tofu stir-fry piled on top of rice, noodles, or a whole grain (I like quinoa) is a quick, easy and healthy meatless meal idea. No two stir-fries are ever quite the same, but they're always delicious, making them a great pick for one of the best vegetarian dinner ideas. Use a bottled stir-fry sauce or, try adding fun ingredients, such as diced pineapple, mandarin oranges or cashews to keep it interesting, and don't forget a protein source such as tofu, seitan or a... store-bought meat substitute.
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Rice is a familiar food that your family probably already likes, so try vegetarian risotto for dinner. For kids, try a cheesy vegetarian risotto, or, for more discerning taste buds, try this risotto with sun-dried tomatoes (pictured) or a creamy porcini mushroom risotto. If you're avoiding dairy, you may also want to check out these tips for making vegan risotto.
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Enchiladas are just as delicious when made with beans and veggies instead of meat. Try this vegetarian portabella enchilada recipe, or, for an easy and customizable meatless dinner recipe, try vegetarian burritos. Sautee a veggies to add to a bean and cheese burrito, or, cook up a vegetarian meat substitute and let your family add their own burrito toppings to a warmed tortilla: shredded lettuce, sour cream, diced tomatoes and homemade guacamole.
Pictured: Ten Minute Tofu Enchiladas
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A home-cooked vegetarian Indian food dinner on a busy weeknight can be as simple as a vegetable dish paired with steamed rice, or perhaps a spicy curry paired with a whole grain pilaf. If you've got more time, add a side of homecooked lentils or veggie samosas. Stock up on spices and add them generously for a memorable meatless vegetarian dinner.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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When it comes to pasta, the vegetarian options are endless, and just about everyone loves pasta. For meatless pasta dinners, some familiar favorites are vegetable marinara, spaghetti with veggie meatballs, macaroni and cheese, and pesto pasta. Load up the veggies or use whole wheat noodles to get the most nutrition out a pasta dish for your vegetarian dinner. Here's some of the best vegetarian pasta dinners to try.
Pictured: Light Lemon and Pine Nut Vegetarian Pasta
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One of the best vegetarian dinners for a busy night is a healthy one-pot vegetarian casserole. Simply omit the meat and add tofu or another vegetarian meat substitute to your family's favorite casserole, or scroll through this collection of popular vegetarian casseroles. Try a spicy Mexican enchilada casserole or a vegetarian Shepherd's pie with heart-healthy lentils instead of artery-clogging meat.
Pictured: Creamy Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie with Mushrooms
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Who doesn't love pizza? Vegetarian pizza doesn't have to be a once in a while treat if it's homemade and healthy. The recipe for a healthy vegetarian pizza is less cheese and more veggies. Pick up a store-bought crust on busy weeknights, or, make your own homemade pizza crust from scratch when you have more time. Add your favorite toppings, or follow one of these vegetarian pizza recipes for a gourmet pizza dinner.
Pictured: Vegetarian Pesto Pizza with Feta Cheese
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One of the best vegetarian dinners to serve your family or guests is a vegetarian lasagna: it's comforting, familiar and filling, and just about everyone likes lasagna. You can use your usual lasagna recipe by omitting the meat and loading up some extra veggies. Frozen spinach or shredded zucchini both work well in lasagna. Or, try one of these popular vegetarian lasagna recipes.
Pictured: Tofu and Spinach Vegetarian LasagnaContinue to 9 of 10 below.
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Just about everyone loves chili, so a homemade meatless chili is a safe meal option that everyone will love. Get creative with your chili by adding your favorite veggies, perhaps some sweet potatoes or some meat substitutes. Add whatever spices you usually use in chili, and you'll enjoy your meatless vegetarian chili just as much as any other.
Pictured: Vegetarian Chili with Tofu
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Pick up some frozen veggie burgers and add a side salad and veggies or some oven roasted french fries for a simple and quick all-American vegetarian dinner. Everyone loves veggie burgers, right? If you prefer a home-cooked vegetarian dinner, try one of these homemade veggie burger recipes.
Pictured: Portabella Mushroom Veggie Burger